Gazing at Dubai’s record-breaking architecture and ever-changing skyline is one of the city’s unique pleasures
Asiana The stunning terrace view –
possibly the most romantic in Dubai –
helps to compensate for the fact that the food can be a bit hit and miss. Still, the service is exceptional, and the interior oozes sophisticated charm. Sip a swanky cocktail and allow yourself to feel smug.
Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 314 9888)
Barasti The menu is varied and tasty, but it’s the atmosphere that is the real draw here. The multi-tiered, multi-terrain space has an awesome beachside view and a chilled al-fresco area that makes for an ideal evening out.
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (04 399 3333)
Mango Tree The spectacular views of the Dubai Fountain (not to mention the great food) make outside tables very popular at this Thai haunt, so it’s best
to book ahead.
Souk Al Bahar (04 426 7313)
Jewel This isolated spot is set near the Desert Palm polo grounds. If the prancing ponies don’t win you over, the poolside terrace may just do the trick.
Desert Palm Resort (04 323 8888)
Ottomans This swish Turkish restaurant overlooks the Marina and the gaggle of passing yachts below.
Grosvenor House Dubai (04 399 8888)
Bait Al Wakeel Nestled in the heart of old Dubai, this Arabic-seafood hybrid is the perfect place to watch creek life go by.
Bur Dubai (04 353 0530)
Pierchic This venue not only serves some of the best seafood in Dubai, it also has one of the best views of the Burj Al Arab.
Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 8888)
Vu’s From the 50th floor of Emirates Towers, Vu’s seems to look down on all of Dubai. The food − upscale contemporary European − is also highly impressive.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 319 8088)
Hukama There’s no better place to
appreciate the scale of the world’s tallest tower than at the signature restaurant at The Address Downtown Dubai. To make it more appealing, Hukama also serves some of the best Chinese food in the city.
The Address Downtown Dubai
(04 436 8888)
…and three not-so-good views
A solitary diner admires the empty tables in New York’s normally bustling Bryant Park
Office workers make do with a concrete canteen in Pfaeffikon, Switzerland
Construction workers dig in to their packed lunches amid a Shanghai building site